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Propagation of Fatsia Japonica and Agapanthus

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 18:05

Great isn't it Tina? 


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 17:25

Chilly here - only 4 degrees when I came home about an hour ago so hope nothing dies of frostbite out there - getting clearer and colder by the minute. It never got above 6 degrees today but the sunshine was beautiful   

I can sympathise Rbeak. I live not far from where I grew up and the whole area is unrecognisable with the amount of housebuilding. They built a new primary school about ten years ago which is the biggest in Europe...not big enough now for the amount of families. Not enough facilities either. Ridiculous, yet people are desperate to move there because of the schools and the shortish commute to Glasgow. All the greenbelt land across from my parents' house was built on years ago and there is now yet another development on the other side - huge houses with no gardens to speak of. Very sad. 

That was a nasty experience for your aunt LP. Glad she's ok.

Verd - very worrying when things like that happen on your doorstep. 

I think we need to tow Britain several thousand miles west....

Propagation of Fatsia Japonica and Agapanthus

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 16:54

I think cuttings would be the way to propagate Fatsia but I haven't tried it. Did  your offshoot grow quite readily summerwine?


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 08:10

Will there be cake Dove? 

Off out to scrape the car and go to t'mill.

Stay warm and dry 


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 07:53

Verdun - is it more a case of - when it's too cold for them to survive outdoors - ie  once there's frost - bring 'em in? I've often found the advice a little odd, as surely they're no different from many other plants which are  not fully hardy in most of Britain.  

Or am I being simplistic? 


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 07:43

Morning all. Porridge required here with this colder weather! Left the canna out so it'll have to take it's chances. Don't think it's much colder than the last couple of days have been anyway - temps have only been 4 or 5 when I leave to go to work. 

I only have tulips in pots now Lesley. I love them but they get battered by wind and rain here normally - just as they flower. AT least in pots you can shift them around. The only ones that last in the ground are the species ones or the bog standard red/yellows. 

Quick look round before I go - not been on here for a day or two. Nice to see you again Edd.  Have a good day everyone 

Budlea Bush Pruning

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 07:54

That's very true Tetley - they'll take any amount of hacking! I often just cut branches back as soon as they get too big for their boots 

Enlarging a pond

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 07:52

Cheers Dove- Sbeetle is keen to make something similar so I thought it would help if he saw a few real life ones that members here have done. Perhaps Lyn and Fishy could do the same.

Glad you like my teeny pond Sbeetle. I'm hoping I'll get some visitors next spring! The birds have already made good use of for bathing and drinking 


Posted: 03/11/2014 at 07:49

Morning all.


Damp here and cool - not sure how cool yet as I've not been outside!

Work or me too and other things to do after work so won't be outside. The starlings seem to have fallen for my 'out in the open' feeder and aren't troubling the more secretive one which the little birds use. The dunnocks have learned how to use the hanging one quite happily and I saw a coal tit popping in and out the other day so I think that's the solution. Saw a butterfly on Saturday - must be the last of the year surely - don't think I've ever  seen on as late as that.

Take it easy DD - although I know it's hard when you have a lot to do.

They're not so tough those lavenders MrsG.  A house next to my work has been landscaped and half the lavender edging looks knackered already. Very bad choice for the position. I doubt the Agapanthus will fare much better!


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 18:32

Ab has no fur to speak of philippa and a big patch on the back. Lots of bits stitched and restitched because both my girls took her to bed as children in preference to all other teddies they got as babies 

Ab is what my oldest daughter named her as she couldn't say Alice - which is her real name.

oh - and she still shares youngest's bed...she's 17  

Nice to still have them though isn't it?  We need a pic of BeeBee too 

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